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Shanghai McDonalds Slashes McNuggets Price By Nearly Half As Birdflu Fears Drive Away Buyers

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How do you know when the people "just say no" to chicken over rampant bird flu concerns? When even McDonalds (whose ad campaign for the past decade "I am loving it" continues to be an anagram for "ailing vomit") is forced to slash chicken-related prices, in this case the 20 piece McNuggets, from CNY36 to CNY20. Pretty soon not even giving away the McMystery meat will clear out the shelves of all chicken-related fast food first in Shanghai and soon elsewhere in China. Finally, we dread to imagine the horrors that will befall Yum (read China KFC sales), now that after so much pain, the fast-food chain had finally reported a modest bounce in Chinese sales. So much for that.

h/t Rob Schmitz


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Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:49 | 3420608 OMG
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Taste like chicken

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:54 | 3420623 zorba THE GREEK
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You couldn't make this s--t up if you tried.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:11 | 3420675 Ahmeexnal
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Central planners somewhere in Berlin must be upset.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:20 | 3420694 LetThemEatRand
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McNuggets -- now with real food flavoring.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:26 | 3420706 palmereldritch
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They gotta get ahead of this story...maybe have the virus re-named Mc5D7...surely the naming rights are available?!

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:39 | 3420727 boogerbently
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Those "already purchased" McNuggets WILL be sold somewhere.

Let's see.......who has tons of regulations, but the least actual regulation.....

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:44 | 3420740 palmereldritch
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That would be a killer distribution model...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:39 | 3420829 imaginalis
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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:59 | 3421013 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is once let McNugget cool before ingesting. Bad idea. Taste is funny, so slash remaining nugget open to view content. Worst idea.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:58 | 3423040 Boris Alatovkrap
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Now, Boris is wonder, what is ingredient of McRibs? How is rib with no bone!? Where is to find boneless pig? Chinese river?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:23 | 3420933 Son of Loki
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"21,000 thousand chicken nuggets were found floating in a river in China just one week after 16,000 dead pigs were pulled out rivers near Shanghai."


Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:04 | 3421017 Boris Alatovkrap
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Innovative Chinese factory is can melt down river flotsam and make injection mold plastic toy to sell to Amerika!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 06:59 | 3421139 Croesus
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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:25 | 3421493 pods
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There should be no fear of bird flu transmission from "McNuggets."

The scary thing is WHY you should have no fear.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:28 | 3420695 knukles
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This is all easily fixable.
Reading an article about mislabeled foodstuffs the other day, one of the things cited was calamari rings being imported from China really being sliced pig anus and sphincter muscles.
So forget the chicken.

Anus McNuggets

Altho that does sound somewhat Scottish, eh laddie?

With a side of Sphincter in a Kilt

Anus McPuckers

I mean really, who the fuck cares anymore?  There is no such thing as an insurrection these days for the status quo is fucking everything royally on its very little own anyhow....
We're killing ourselves off quite nicely, thank you


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:44 | 3420729 akak
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Anus McNuggets!

Yo Anus McNuggets

Yo Anus McNugget

Yo An Anus McNugget

Yo An Anus Nugget Mc

An An Yo Nugget Mcus

An An Yo Nugget Mus

An An Yo Nu Mus

An An Nu Yo Mus

An An No Yo Mus

An An On Y O Mus


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 04:03 | 3421021 Boris Alatovkrap
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Akak, you are take to drink and is make no sense. Boris is happy to join!

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:42 | 3420733 boogerbently
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I don't want to eat that, I'll die.

Oh, well for HALF PRICE......OK.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:03 | 3420916 Canoe Driver
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That made me laugh. Awesome.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:22 | 3421166 Kiwi Pete
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At least you die happy round eye.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:02 | 3420969 Rogue Trooper
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Yep, just when I think that the sarcasm 'indicator' on the Hedge comments section has gone over board, we get this.

WTF... nothing can surprise me from now on.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:02 | 3420647 zorba THE GREEK
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They already cut the price of McRibs when the pigs came a floating.

All we need now is hoof and mouth and the whole menu will be on the 1$ menu.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:15 | 3420679 kliguy38
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Its getting surreal.....but the great equalizer is nature and she is coming fast China with the weapons grade bird flu we sent ya.....that should slow ya down

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 05:10 | 3421067 Gringo Viejo
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Shar Pei McNuggets: A hint of tanginess, but not overbearing

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:03 | 3421141 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Bullish for JKC (Just Killed Cat), Chinese citizenism fastfood franchise much the happiness.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:49 | 3420610 ziggy59
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Is there chicken or white slime in those things, anyway?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:56 | 3420636 zorba THE GREEK
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Chicken McFlugets.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:25 | 3420700 Banksters
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Authorities say a Florida woman called 911 three times after McDonald's employees told her they were out of McNuggets. A spokesman for McDonalds said that this was unusual because most customers don’t call 911 until after they’ve eaten McDonalds.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:11 | 3420676 Pseudo Anonym
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it's white slime posing as restructured chicken meat

Is there chicken or white slime in those things, anyway?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:22 | 3420698 akak
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Melamine: The other white slime.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:14 | 3420680 AllThatGlitters
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Neither. I believe it would be PINK slime:

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:50 | 3420612 jimmyjames
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chicken deflation

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:54 | 3420624 ekm
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Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:53 | 3420622 booboo
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I'm lovin it.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:15 | 3420926 StychoKiller
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"At least I got Chicken!" -- Leeroy Jenkins

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:19 | 3421163 The Second Rule
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:55 | 3420626 eigenvalue
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I prefer beef to chicken. Chicken contains too many calories and makes me fat.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:01 | 3420775 stock trout
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At least with beef you know you're eating an animal relatively free of diseases...the horse. 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:22 | 3420872 U4 eee aaa
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I would be OK eating the horse they give me but I hate picking out bits of the saddle and jockey

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:56 | 3420629 zorba THE GREEK
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Chicken ain't nothing but a bird.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:23 | 3420873 U4 eee aaa
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It is the politically correct way for a mega corp to give you the bird

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:36 | 3421172 The Second Rule
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:56 | 3420631 RafterManFMJ
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Well that's strange. It's well known that Chicken McNuggets are made from Styrofoam so I don't get the connection.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:59 | 3420638 ekm
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I can't stop laughing.......:)

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 22:57 | 3420634 ekm
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Exactly the same flu, badly, badly, badly needed for Crude Oil price and DOW, S&P

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:00 | 3420642 ziggy59
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What about KF(?)?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:04 | 3420780 Rusty Diggins
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Still finger licken' good...

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:04 | 3420653 HardwoodAg
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Aw, so ownwy cost hawf az much twoo dwie.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:06 | 3420658 Yen Cross
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    I wouldn't want to be a dog or cat in China right now.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:07 | 3420661 lewy14
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Or ever.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:10 | 3421148 HardAssets
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Hmmm - well the local area tomcat spends his days screwing his colony of females, kicking the crap out of rivals, hunting for birds & mice, and enjoying laying out in the sun. He has everything he needs to live. He doesn't give a damned about what the market manipulators are doing, or that April 15th is approaching.

Not a bad life.  If youre the type that believes in reincarnation . . . its not a bad option. (Just don't pick China to be reborn.)

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:50 | 3421004 ebear
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"I wouldn't want to be a dog or cat in China right now."

Much less a rabbit.  

Hey, there's a thought.  Bunny mcNuggets!

Problem solved!

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:08 | 3420665 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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As the petri dish/agar medium is to bacteria propogation, China and its 1.2 bio people are too viral propogation/mutation. Nature ALWAYS finds a way of culling the genetically inferior, or organisms whose time has simply come.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:15 | 3420684 Ahmeexnal
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Highly evolved species would certainly agree with your analysis. In those terms, you humans lag millions of years evolutionwise behind the Blattodea order.  Time for cockroaches to rule the planet.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:53 | 3421006 ebear
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"Time for cockroaches to rule the planet."

They already do

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:43 | 3420730 Jack Burton
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China is "ground zero" for the mutation and growth of virus species that cross from animals to humans and back again. Living packed together in crowded and filthy conditions, man and animal are indeed one giant medium for the growth and mutation of viruses.

When the right virus jumps back and forth from man to animal and animal to man, it only takes a chance mutation of the wrong kind to send another virus out into the broader world to make people ill. Could be common flu, and that happens every year. The great fear is a new virus or an old one making a key mutation.

I have a friend whose brother works in virology for the United Nations. He is sent world wide to work on outbreaks. It was five years since last I saw him when he visited the USA. At the time, we talked about this issue in China. He is one of those that says we have a ticking time bomb in China, he is amazed at how lucky we have been during the last 15 years that he has been with the UN. He thinks we are way overdue for a pandemic viral outbreak, starting in China.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:08 | 3420667 Mark123
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One of the great mysteries....why do so many people all over the world eat from McDonald's?  The "food" tastes bad and is no longer cheap.  Scary to think how pathetic our populations have become.


Mother Nature....feel free to unleash the next great plague.  It is long overdue.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:16 | 3420682 ekm
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I do not understand how McDs food is called cheap.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:18 | 3420687 Ahmeexnal
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Because of the cheap labor involved?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:27 | 3420877 U4 eee aaa
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The corp. calls it cheap. People think price but really they mean quality. It's a marketing trick

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:15 | 3420683 Bobportlandor
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I thought the Chinese were suppose to be poor.  20 piece for 5.80 US for that crap down to 3.22 US.


Holy criminy they tell me it's 5 bucks here, are you people out of your minds? I haven't eaten there since early 2000s.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:21 | 3420693 akak
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I'm lovin' shit.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:23 | 3420697 Harrison
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Oh well, whatever.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:28 | 3420705 akak
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You're correct --- nobody has ever bit into a piece of pink, undercooked chicken, no, not once in all of history.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:30 | 3420715 knukles
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I dated this girl in college once (as in just once) who was pink and tasted just like chicken.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:24 | 3420699 Legolas
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ROFL.  McDonalds is a biochemist's wonderland.  The fries might be contaminated, but I doubt the chicken is.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:26 | 3420703 Alcoholic Nativ...
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who the fuck goes to mcdonalds for their chicken nuggets?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:31 | 3420712 ziggy59
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Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:32 | 3420718 Jack Burton
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Unfortunately kids, little kids, on up to teenagers, love these disgusting McNuggets.

I saw a piture of the processed filth that goes into a McNugget, it is not Chicken meat, like a piece of meat cut from a chicken part and then breaded and fried. No, the heart of a McNugget is a collection of all the left overs from the processing of the valuable chicken parts. The left over bits are power washed and what is blasted from the bones is collected and mixed with all the non-meat parts. Ground up into a pink colored paste, mixed with chemicals to kill bacteria and then with chemical mixture that mimics chicken flavor. This slime is breaded and fried.

In the McNugget is the bits of the bird that are not the main muscle groups. We all know how good the breast meat or leg meat is. But this is NOT what goes into a McNugget. Frankly, I would not give a McNugget to a dog or cat, let alone eat one myself.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:40 | 3420731 wee-weed up
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Parts is parts!

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:41 | 3420734 ekm
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Tell me you're joking....

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:46 | 3420743 seek
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If only:

FYI, apparently McD's doesn't used mechanically separated chicken any more, probably due to the bad press.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:51 | 3420754 ekm
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oh my dear God...........

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:54 | 3420758 adr
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They call that "rib meat".

Still for the Chinese, and Japanese for that matter, eating blasted out parts of a chicken isn't a big deal.

I've sat at plenty of dinners in China and Japan where I've only eaten a bowl of rice. I'm not really into cow stomach, intestine, brain, various bird gizzard, some type of animal foot, snake blood, all types of testicles, pickled who knows what, fertilized eggs, fish eyes, etc.

What we see in movies featuring witche's cauldrons, just looks like a good soup to many asian cultures.

I got yelled at one time for not picking meat out of a fish head.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:04 | 3420779 robertocarlos
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The cheeks are good.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:23 | 3421168 BandGap
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They love insects, too, especially in the larval stage. Big, fat and juicy.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:08 | 3420970 CheapBastard
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I guess this will push people back to those horsemeat meatblalls.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 23:32 | 3420716 q99x2
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I said long ago that they need to convert all the Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan buildings into free range chicken factories. Live and learn.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:01 | 3420773 Azwethinkweiz
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"At McDonalds, it's the bird flu tonight...."

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:07 | 3420788 adr
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Well, now that MSM (Mechanicaly Seperated Meat) isn't being used for McNuggets anymore, you have to pay the price. Real chicken costs money.

When you got seperated chicken parts and chemical sludge, McD's had no problem charging $2.50 for ten nuggets.

There were the rumors about McDonalds using earthworms as filler for burgers. Problem was earthworms cost more per pound than the beef they used. So that particular fable didn't make sense. Also earthworms are more nutritious than the beef.

I just feel bad for all the male chicks. Yeah, throwing the poor little guys into a shredder is the quickest way to kill them, but just so wrong to ever witness. Tweet, tweet, bzzzzzaawwwgrrrr.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:19 | 3420798 Golden_Rule
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One penny per nugget.  Definitely worth the risk.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:21 | 3420800 kito
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The whole fukushima radiation thing destroyed the mcshark offering.......good thing the Chinese will eat anything.....mcmonkeys......mclizards.......mcfetus.....

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:10 | 3421152 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The whole fukushima radiation thing destroyed the mcshark offering.......good thing the Chinese will eat anything.....mcmonkeys......mclizards.......mcfetus.....

At least the portions are generous:

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:21 | 3420804 AndItsGone
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Sounds deflationary. I should probably sell all my gold.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:05 | 3420855 dunce
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No virus survives deep frying, but mad cow disease is not a virus, it is a corrupt protein.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:32 | 3420880 U4 eee aaa
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Ahhhh, so deep frying doesn't just kill the eater?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:23 | 3420936 Me_Myself_and_I
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The McFlu is nothin' to sneeze at

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:44 | 3420949 Zero-risk bias
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20 kuai for 20 nuggets!

Wooa, some people in Shanghai value chicken more than their currency!

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 02:59 | 3420966 Ribeye
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Hmmm, i don't know about America, or China,

But I know that here in Europe, the ingredient quality standards which are enforced by Maccers are fckn scary,

The media tried desperately to drag them into the horsemeat scandal, but, no dice, Maccers were clean, all the beef patties for Europe comes out of Ireland, and the standards imposed on the producer are fckn freighteningly tough,

I suppose it could be different in China,

- McRibeye out -

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:10 | 3420972 Satan
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Horses don't get bird flu...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 05:09 | 3421063 Azannoth
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Yes, if they just told the truth that 50% of their "chicken" is horse/dog/cat/kangaroo and 50% other "chemical preservatives" they could sell their "chicken" like nothing ever happened

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:24 | 3420982 ClumsyBoatman
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Dont fear bird flu, fear McNugget-u!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:52 | 3421005 Sandmann
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What is the glue they used to hold the chicken flakes together in these meals ? It is some kind of cellulose paste I think

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 04:27 | 3421039 tnquake
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It's the results of "choking" the chicken!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:19 | 3421160 BandGap
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Don't forget, these use "meat glue" which is suseptible to maintaining viruses under adverse conditions (even "cooking").

Somebody will buy them, maybe for fish bait, catch a pig fish.

These are some of the best comments I have ever read on ZH. God Bless all of you.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:02 | 3421174 Downtoolong
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Because, if it's cheap enough, Bird Flu doesn't taste so bad after all.

With that logic, I suppose if natural gas prices drop by 50% next winter I'll be inclined to heat my house to 120 degrees F.


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:10 | 3421439 ThisIsBob
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What's the fastest animal in the world?

An Ethiopian chicken.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 09:33 | 3421528 andyupnorth
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:10 | 3421685 Zwelgje
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You are what you eat.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:42 | 3421873 Smuckers
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Attaboy, drop the price until the consumer is then willing to risk suffering a life threatening virus.
Finally, a free market at work.


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